Episode 22 — Darin StraussAn Interview with Electric LiteratureEpisode 21 — Janet ReitmanEpisode 19 — Elissa SchappellEpisode 17 — Joshua MohrEpisode 20 — Adam NovyEpisode 18 — Katie ArnoldiEpisode 16 — Gina Frangello

Episode 22 — Darin Strauss

Darin Strauss is today’s guest.  He is the author of three novels—Chang & Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than It Hurts You.  And his most recent book is a memoir called Half a Life (McSweeney’s) which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times Book Review calls it “…elegant, painful, [and] […]


Episode 21 — Janet Reitman

Janet Reitman is the guest.  She is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine and the author of the bestselling Inside Scientology:  The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion, recently named by the New York Times as one of its 100 Notable Books of 2011. Inside Scientology originated as a story in Rolling Stone and […]


Episode 20 — Adam Novy

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! The guest is Adam Novy, author of the debut novel The Avian Gospels, available now from Short Flight / Long Drive Books, an independent press run by the good people over at Hobart. “The Avian Gospels has the potential to become a cult classic,” says Publishers Weekly. Adam and I, we talk […]


An Interview with Electric Literature

I’ve been interviewed by Electric Literature, which has some really nice things to say about the podcast.  Many thanks to Julia Jackson, editor of the Electric Dish. Here’s the intro to the interview: A few weeks ago, I first listened to a new literary podcast: Other People with Brad Listi, which I found through Melissa […]


Episode 19 — Elissa Schappell

The guest is Elissa Schappell, author of the story collections Use Me (William Morrow), which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the brand new Blueprints for Building Better Girls, available now from Simon & Schuster. A former senior editor at The Paris Review, Elissa is a contributing editor and the Hot Type book […]


Episode 18 — Katie Arnoldi

Today’s guest:  Katie Arnoldi, the bestselling author of three novels:  Chemical Pink, The Wentworths, and Point Dume. This one’s gonna blow your mind, people.  Just trust me.  It’ll make you want to buy a plane ticket.  It’ll make you want to stow away on a boat.  It’ll make you want to go undercover and rescue […]


Episode 17 — Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the guest.  He’s the author of three novels:  Some Things That Meant the World to Me, Termite Parade, and, most recently, Damascus.  All are available from Two Dollar Radio, one of America’s finest independent presses. “The bard of the underbelly,” says Jonathan Evison. A rave for Damascus from The Rumpus:  “It’s as […]


Episode 16 — Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello is the guest. She is the critically acclaimed author of the novel My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus Press), the story collection Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press), and the forthcoming novel A Life in Men (Algonquin). She is also the esteemed fiction editor over at The Nervous Breakdown. Gina’s a good one. (That’s an understatement.) The […]


Episode 15 — Jillian Lauren

The guest is Jillian Lauren, author of the memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, a New York Times bestseller, and the brand new novel Pretty, both available from Plume Books. Kirkus calls her a “deft storyteller,” and Antoine Wilson, author of The Interloper, calls Pretty “a harrowing journey from darkness to light to […]


Episode 14 — Shann Ray

The guest is Shann Ray, author of the critically acclaimed story collection American Masculine, now available from Graywolf Press. A very impressive guy.  A college basketball star.  A doctorate in psychology.  A professor of leadership studies (with an emphasis on forgiveness).  And now, the author of a story collection that won the 2010 Bakeless Prize […]